Sunday, November 2, 2008

Odds and Ends, Sun 2 November 2008

This collection has a scientific flavour...

1. "Top 10 Amazing Physics Videos"

2. "The Solar Furnace"
"A piece of steel being melted by the Sun - and episode from James May's
'Big Ideas'"

3. "25 Truly Stunning HDR Pictures"
"Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create
incredibly stunning pictures which blur our sense of the difference
between reality and illusion."

4. "The Psychiatric Infrastructure of the City"
"A few years ago, the Boston Globe looked at what could be called the
psychiatric impact of that city's Big Dig. The Big Dig was a massively
expensive urban engineering project that put Boston's Central Artery
underground, freeing up space on the earth's surface for parks and

5. "Second egg found inside giant chicken egg"
"A second, normal-sized egg popped out of a giant egg laid by a chicken
raised at a high school in Japan, a school official said after breaking
open the shell."

6. "Police's fridge-magnet calling card"
"An investigation has been launched into claims that cheeky police are
said to have left a fridge-magnet calling card after smashing into the
wrong house."

7. About those "Yellow Dots" generated by colour laser printers:
"Yellow Dots of Mystery: Is Your Printer Spying on You?"
A video exposing and explaining the dots.

An earlier article: "Printers output secret barcode"
"Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts
from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across
the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article
quoted a senior researcher at Xerox saying that the dots contain
information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital
'license tag' for tracking down criminals."

A possible upside?: "Yellow peril"
"Good to know that we can always prove our authorship from colour laser
prints, even without printing proper credits."